Blastoise in the Pokemon anime.
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How to Beat A Mighty Blastoise Tera Raid in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Mightiest Mark Blastoise is making an appearance in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet to celebrate the franchise's anniversary.

Though Pokemon Day is over, the festivities are set to continue throughout March. As part of the celebration, the three original starters who launched the franchise are making an appearance in Tera Raids. This is how to beat A Mighty Blastoise Tera Raid in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

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Blastoise is the second Kanto starter to grace Tera Raids from March 5 at 4 p.m. PST until March 12 at 4:59 p.m. PST. It surfaces for the first time as a 7-Star Steel-Tera Type with the Mightiest Mark. Like other 7-Star Tera Raid Pokemon, you can only catch one Blastoise but may face off against it for additional items repeatedly.

Black Tera Raid Crystal appearance.
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How to Complete A Mighty Blastoise in Pokemon SV

You need to have completed the main story of Pokemon SV and post-game events, or know someone who has, to get a chance to complete A Mighty Blastoise. Once you meet these requirements, update your Poke Portal News through the Mystery Gift menu. If you haven’t unlocked 7-Star raids, you can accompany a friend who has access by using a Link Code.

Afterward, head to any Black Tera Raid Crystal to join the fight. These show up on your map using the same crystal icon, but black. Typically, one crystal will change to black per day, so the location to head to isn’t fixed. Just have a little look around your map and you’ll soon spot where you need to go.

Black Tera Raid Crystal map icon.
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How to Defeat Steel Tera Type Blastoise in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Steel Tera-Type Blastoise has the Rain Dish ability.This heals the active Pokemon for 1/16th of their max health at the end of their turn as long as it’s raining. It also has a Naive nature which increases its Speed but reduces its Special defense. Its moveset is:

  • Withdraw
  • Iron Defense
  • Aura Sphere
  • Flash Cannon
  • Hyrdro Pump
  • Shell Smash
  • Rain Dance
Tera Type Venusaur, Charizard, and Blastoise.
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While Fire-type Pokemon will be strong against the Steel typing, they are weak to Water, which Blastoise will still use during the fight. The best type of Pokemon you want to go with is Fighting, with either an Electric or Grass secondary type to deal with it before it changes to Steel.

Ideally, you want to use the Paradox Pokemon, Iron Hands, as it’s a Fighting/Electric dual type. Make sure you have high attack moves of the two types, as Blastoise has a high Def stat. Neither of its types are weak to Water or Steel, so you won’t have to worry about dying turn one. It also has the highest base Attack of all Paradox Pokemon, and the highest base HP of all Fighting, Electric, and Paradox Pokemon.

Iron Hands Paldea Pokedex image.
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You can also use Sandy Shocks, which is still Electric, but its secondary type is Ground. Ground is super effective against Steel, but is a risk due to its weakness to Water.

Another good option would be Annihilape, thanks to its Fighting typing. You can either opt to use the incredibly high-damage Rage Fist on Blastoise to try and whittle its health down as quickly as possible, or you can teach it Drain Punch (TM073) to deal a decent amount of Fighting damage while also healing it in the process. Remember, keeping your Pokemon in good health is just as important as dealing damage to Blastoise, as its Rain Dish ability will keep topping up its HP throughout the fight.

Breeloom and Chesnaught are also good options for Grass/Fighting dual types. You’ll have to worry about the potential Ice moves, but using an HP replenishing attack like Giga Drain. I like to use starter Pokemon as much as possible, but who can pass over a cuddly mushroom like Breeloom.

That’s how to defeat A Mighty Blastoise Tera Raid in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. For other battle tactics, Pokemon you may encounter in the DLC, or how to catch rare species, check out our guide hub.

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Ashley, otherwise known as Glitchiee, is an avid gamer of RPGs, TTRPGS, farming sims, and survival crafting games. Playing since she can remember, she started on the SNES, GameBoy Color, and collection 1st gen Pokemon cards. Using her passion for gaming, she's written about games for a combined total of 2 years.